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Bishops condemn attack on seminary carolers Priests' vehicle being torched...

Dec 15, Matters India

The apex body of the Catholic Church in India on December 16 expressed shock, pain and hurt at what it says was an “unprovoked violence” against a group of seminary carolers.

A group of 30 seminarians and two priests from St. Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, was detained in a police station on December 14 night after Hindu radicals, suspected Bajrang Dal Activists accused them....

A group of carol singers and two priests were detained for hours by the police in Satna in Madhya Pradesh last evening after they were accused by the rightwing group Bajrang Dal of forcing religious conversions. Their Vehicles were burnt by Mr. Modi's supporters.

Dec 15, NDTV

Later, a car used by some carolers who went to the police to find out about the detained priests was allegedly set on fire by activists of the same group. The police say a case has been registered against "unknown people" for the car-burning. The carolers - about 30 of.. 

Christians Beaten, Falsely Charged and Jailed in Mob Attack in India, Sources Say. Come, let us burn them alive,’ Mr. Modi's supporters shout:

Dec 14, Morningstar News

Seven Christians in India have been booked on charges of hurting religious feelings after Hindu extremists savagely beat them when they gathered to pray for a sick man at his home, sources said. Police in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh state on Dec. 4 charged the six Christian men and one woman with “deliberate and malicious acts intended to.......

Allegations of false conversions by Christians ‘baseless’..

Dec 13, 2017 World Watch Monitor

Seven Pentecostal Christians in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, have been arrested for “forced conversions”, reports Asia News.

The seven, who also allegedly insulted Hindu deities, appeared in court on Monday (11 December) and have been remanded in custody for 14 days.

“The allegations are baseless,” said Sajan......

Hindu Extremists Beat Pastors, Stop Gospel Event in Chhattisgarh State, India Police complicit in harassment.

Dec 11, Morningstar News

Hindu extremists burned a banner from the planned gospel campaign in Charoda, Chhattisgarh state, India.

Berating and slapping two pastors into signing an apology letter before police, Hindu extremists stopped a planned three-day gospel meeting in Chhattisgarh state, India minutes before it was to begin, sources said......

PM Narendra Modi Responds to Archbishop's Letter; Lists Christians his Govt Rescued.

Dec 7, Christian Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Dec. 3 has said "rashtra bhakti" (nationalism) was the basis for his government to help Indians of diverse faiths, while responding to a letter by an archbishop that was critical about "nationalist forces". Archbishop Thomas Macwan of Gandhinagar had issued the letter on Nov. 21 urging Christians to pray for the ....

Hindu nationalists attack a Christian prayer meeting in the state of Chhattisgarh...

Dec 7, Asia News

The attack took place yesterday in the village of Tarra. Dozens of cars, bicycles and other private property were targeted with damages estimated at more than US$ 6,000. The attackers also harassed women and beat up men.......

Seven Pentecostal Christians arrested for “forced conversions” in Uttar Pradesh

Dec 6, Asia News

Police in Uttar Pradesh have arrested seven Pentecostal Christians on charges of "forced conversions".

Stanley Jacob, David, Vijay Kumar, Amit, Sumit Varghese, Anita and Dinesh were arrested......

Attacks on Christians see steep rise across India

Dec 5, Matters India

There is a clear pattern of rising religious intolerance across the country, especially against the minorities.

According to the World Watch List 2017, India is now ranked 15th in the list of countries where the practice of the faith .....

India archbishop served notice for raising human rights ahead of Gujarat elections..

Dec 1 Worldwatch Monitor

Christian groups and networks in India have rallied behind Archbishop Thomas Macwan of Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat state in western India, after the federal Election Commission served a notice on the prelate for his pastoral letter ahead of state elections this month. Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi........

More than 45 incidents of violence against Christians Reported in the Month of November across India

Nov 30, 2017 Reports

More and more incidents of violence, hostile government actions or initiatives targeting Christians, intimidations by groups loyal to Prime Minister Modi are reported from across India in the month of November 2017. The following compilation is a brief report of it from various reliable sources...

Christian Family Receives Notice to Stop Worship in Their Home. Order comes from senior officials, Hindu nationalists, sources say.

Nov 30 MorningStar News

“With effect from the moment you receive this notice, you must not conduct any Christian congregational activity,” the notice read, translated from the Hindi. “If you continue any Christian activities despite receiving the notice, stringent action will be taken against you.”....

Gujarat Election Commission accuses archbishop of generating “fear”....

Nov 27, 2017 Asia News

The Gujarat Election Commission served a notice to Mgr Thomas Macwan, archbishop of Gandhinagar, asking him to explain the pastoral letter he issued last week about the upcoming elections, The Indian Express has reported.

Gujarat is a "model" state for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which fears a defeat in the upcoming elections.....

Six Christians facing false charges, two of them beaten by police, were jailed for a month for praying for a sick woman in eastern India, they said

Nov 24, Morningstar News

After tribal Gondi villagers in Simdega District, Jharkhand state, attacked the Christians on Sept. 16, officers at the local police station refused to listen to the victims and hit two young men among them, 25-year-old Sajan Majhi and Kalender Majhi, 20, they said..... 

Claims of Decline in Hindu population due to Christian conversions unfounded, says Sajan George.

Nov 22 Asia News

The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians describes Mohandas Pai’s views as unscientific and dangerous. The latter said that conversions increased the Christian group by 8 million and that Hindus have dropped from 85 per cent of the population to 77 per cent. In reality census .......

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